This pendant is made of gold set with diamonds and a single ruby decorated with enamel.
Pendant by Unknown Artist, c. 1600
© Colchester Castle
- Gold, enamel, diamonds & ruby
- 2 x 2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,750 ( Total: £10,000)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
It is from the late Tudor period and notable for the use of diamonds. Pendants such as this were worn by aristocratic, or even royal, women in various ways; attached to clothing or hanging from chains or ribbons. Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service has a collections of portraits of individuals wearing costume and jewellery of the same period.
Discovered by a metal detectorist near Brentwood, Essex and declared Treasure in 2007.